Established in 2004, Site Projects has commissioned 5 artists and 8 artworks to date.
Leo Villareal’s LED light sculpture (Chasing Rainbows/New Haven, 2004) illuminated first the New Haven Green and then the Yale Repertory Plaza for 4 months, winning Site Projects an Arts Council Annual Award. Jason Hackenwerth’s giant balloon sculptures (Revenge of the Megadon, 2006) sparked life into the dinosaurs collection of Yale’s Peabody Museum. He followed that exhibit with a performance piece (Megamite) on the New Haven Green. Matej Vogrincic laid-out gigantic steel Erector Set “boats” (untitled: it used to be my playground, 2007) in the dry bed of the abandoned, historic Farmington Canal. This commission was accompanied by audio commentaries by local scholars and commentators. By popular demand, Felice Varini’s, Square with four circles (2010), remains on view in Temple Plaza downtown New Haven. This anamorphic mural is the only place in North America where the iconic work of this important European artist can be seen. His second mural, Three black circles in air, was demounted in 2011 from inside the New Haven Free Public Library. In 2011, Site Projects presented Sites.Camera.Action!, Film Shorts Festival, a screening of videos of 2 minutes or shorter that related to the Varini artwork. Though professionals in the film festival business suggested that we would receive 12 - 14 submissions, Site Projects was surprised to receive 26 video shorts from professionals and amateurs, high school students and families. A panel of filmmakers and actors selected the winners.
In 2012, in anticipation of the 375th birthday celebration of the City of New Haven in 2013, Site Projects commissioned Yvette Mattern to exhibit a laser light sculpture from the top of East Rock Park. The beautiful flow of colors of Night Rainbow | Global Rainbow New Haven over the downtown and New Haven Green, Yale New Haven Hospital and Medical School and over I95. On view for four nights, the light sculpture drew huge crowds into the East Rock and Orange Street areas. Trajectory maps of the light sculpture were put in every school in the public school system. In tribute, the students at Fort Nathan Hale School made an all-school rainbow of students on their athletic field. Including the cars traveling on both highways, the estimates of those who witnessed the spectacular sight range from a quarter of a million to 500,000.
Our greatest accomplishments to date came out of our 2013 commission: Night Rainbow | Global Rainbow New Haven by Yvette Mattern, exhibited for 4 nights in April, 2013, to celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the founding of New Haven.
 For the first time, we had the lead-time to create a comprehensive Educational Guide with suggestions about how to use the artwork as a springboard for teaching math, science, art, art history and local history.
 Using the Educational Guide as a starting point, we were able to develop a partnership with the New Haven Board of Education to take the art/science/math/history ideas related to the Night Rainbow into all 47 schools in the public school system.
 With an invitation from the Board of Education, Site Projects presented a workshop for a selected group of 16 public school teachers from different disciplines, and different grade levels. The teachers gathered in our office to hear about the artwork and to brainstorm ways to weave the artworks into current curriculums for all grade levels.
 A televised lecture was given by the artist at Southern CT State University that was made available as a live-feed streamed into every school in the public school system.
 The artwork generated so much public interest that our website was receiving more than 5,000 hits/day in the final week.
Site Projects has achieved great success with our commissions + programs based solely on the dedication of our volunteer board and a few others. However, our aspirations and ambitions have grown with success and as all our board members now have full-time jobs, we need to supplement
their work with paid staff.
Most pressing needs are wrapped into our current efforts to increase the capacity of our organization.
 The board has resolved to raise funds to a level that will allow us to regularize the part-time helpers that work in clerical, information technology and social media $25 - $30,000
 Beyond the fundamentals of record keeping and a more efficient way of operating, we really find ourselves in need of a part-time person to manage volunteers. $15,000.
 Our educational programs have achieved a broad outreach into local public and private schools.
Site Projects needs an educational consultant who is familiar with all the requirements for lessons plans promulgated by the CT State Board of Education so that we can create more useable plans. $10,000
 In the near future, we hope to support our art commissions with the back-up of a paid part-time Executive Director. $20,000
Laura Weir Clarke co-founded Site Projects Inc in 2004 and has generously donated her time to the organization for nearly a decade. Ms. Clarke is an avid art enthusiast, traveling the world to research potential artworks for New Haven. Her knowledge of cutting-edge artists and her eye for exciting new works is critical to the success of Site Projects' commissions.
Prior to 2004, Ms. Clarke was the Executive Director of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation for 7 years and the President of the Board of Creative Arts Workshop for 3 years. She holds a graduate degrees in Architecture from UCLA and American Studies from University of Texas at Austin.
The City of New Haven: Office of the Mayor, Dept of Parks, Recreation and Trees, City Planning Dept, Dept of Traffic + Parking, Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Town Green Special Services District, New Haven Parking Authority, The Proprietors of the New Haven Green, Economic Development Office, MarketNewHaven, InfoNewHaven; Police Department; CONNDOT;
Board of Education for the New Haven Public Schools;
Arts Council of Greater New Haven; Community Foundation of Greater New Haven; International Festival of Arts and Ideas;
Yale University: Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program, Community Based Learning Program, Yale Repertory Theater, Peabody Museum of Natural History; Whitney Humanities Center
New Haven Free Public Library, Donors + Patrons;
Creative Arts Workshop; Eli Whitney Museum; New Haven Museum; Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; East Coast Greenways; LEAP;
St. Martin de Porres School; Cooperative High School for the Arts; Foote School; Preschool @ Neighborhood Music School; Choate Rosemary Hall
Boy Scouts of America; Group with No Name; Pecha Kucha/New Haven;
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